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Norway in Poland
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More Than Fjords
January 30, 2014   
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Fjords might be the first thing that spring to mind when you plan a trip to Norway, but the country has far more to offer.

Even though high prices prevent Norway from being a top destination for Polish tourists, the beauty of its northern landscapes draws more visitors each year and tour operators are keen to meet the demand. The growing appeal of Norway could in part be a result of the crime novels featuring detective Harry Hole, written by best-selling Norwegian author Jo Nesbø. The books are popular in Poland and Nesbø fans are keen to see the locations mentioned in the novels. Hotels in Oslo are welcoming more guests from Poland than ever before.

Norway is one of the best places on earth to see the northern lights, a natural phenomenon that has fascinated mankind for thousands of years. But Norway’s big draw are undoubtedly its fjords. One of the most popular is the Geirangerfjord, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the only fjord deep enough to accommodate sea-going ships, which makes it a fixture on the itinerary for cruise ships in northern Europe. Nearby is also the famous Seven Sisters waterfall.

For foreign visitors, the second most popular fjord is the Sognefjord, located at the foot of the Jotunheimen mountain range. This is the longest fjord in Norway, stretching 204 kilometers inland. Tourists also enjoy the Nærøyfjord, which is one of the country’s narrowest.

A visit to Norway is also an opportunity to see glaciers. Norway offers tourists professionally organized hikes to local glaciers, the most popular ones being Briksdalsbreen and Nigardsbreen.

The tallest peak in Norway, the Galdhøpiggen, rises 2,469 meters above sea level in the Jotunheimen Mountains, home to Norway’s largest national park, the Jotunheimen Nasjonalpark. established to protect natural mountain landscapes, Jotunheimen is inhabited by animals such as reindeer, moose, wolverines, deer and lynxes.

The Norwegian capital, Oslo, is the most popular city among tourists, offering must-sees such as the Akershus Fortress, the Opera, the Edvard Munch Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, and the Frogner Park. Tourists also like to head to Bergen, nicknamed the “gateway to the land of the fjords.” The third best known Norwegian city is Trondheim, famous for the monumental Nidaros cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Scandinavia.

Tourists from around the world come to the Lofoten archipelago, located within the Polar circle, where small fishing villages are perched amid virgin mountains and fjords. Visitors take in the scenic landscapes and local specialties that you cannot taste anywhere else in the world. Such delicacies include king crab and traditionally cooked Arctic cod.
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